Malawi Quick Guide

Malawi Travel Guide will help you discover all that this lovely country has to offer. Malawi, a nation in eastern Africa, is officially defined by its flat topography: highlands separated by the Great Rift Valley. The eastern part of Malawi is home to the mighty Lake Malawi which supplies the country with water and other wildlife-supporting plants. The western half is desert and boasts of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and game reserves.

The country's largest river-the Wakata flows through the centre of Malawi and its teeming millions of cubic meters of clean water provide an important source of income. The beautiful lake Malawi in the north-western part of the country has created a new identity for the diverse country that is home to millions of people from all over the world. The zebra, giraffe, lion, buffalo, impala, leopard, waterbucks, elephants, deer and zebra can be easily spotted from any vehicle on the road.

Malawi Travel Guide will take you to the world's first Zambia national park-the Okavango delta. The massive sand dunes are home to a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. Amongst this colourful array of flora and fauna are the highly endangered orangutan. The Okavango delta is an ideal place for bird watching, but the best time to see the animals is during the dry season which is from June to October. The Serengeti plains is another area famous for its wildebeests. You will find both grassland and desert in the country, but there is enough diversity to ensure a visit to the north, south, west and east.

The country of Malawi also boasts two wildlife parks; Lake Muhazi and the Rift Valley National Parks. Lake Malawi is the second largest lake in Africa and is a favourite with tourists looking for a peaceful and protected place to go swimming. The lakes have separate facilities for boating, jet skiing and other water sports. The highlands of the country are home to the stunning Zimani Falls and the Lion Park; these tourist attractions are a great attraction to the tourists in addition to the beautiful lakes.

Malawi Travel Guide will take you to the second largest national park in the country; the Selous and the Lantau islands. These islands lie on the west coast of Malawi and are perfect for eco tourism. They offer a variety of marine wildlife including the rare and beautiful flamingo. The Selous islands are home to a renowned reserve named after Queen Elizabeth; this reserve offers tourists a chance to view elephant, rhino, buffalo and hippos.

If the lakes and the wild animals aren't enough, the zebra found in the southern parts of the country make for an interesting part of the Malawi travel guide. The country has around two hundred thond wild zebras; these creatures are part of the antelope and buffalo range and are known to be the most dangerous animals in the region. This is another reason why people come here, to see these animals.

The other attraction in this African nation is the Nyika Plateau; this is one of the biggest natural parks in Africa. It is also home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals including the red ant, the large herds of lions and the more shy buffalo. The park also includes water holes, springs and desert wildlife. The Malawi Travel Guide will show you the best places to see in the national park. You can also spend time with the local people here and explore their communities, traditional villages and farms.

One of the best things about visiting the lake Malawi is that it attracts thousands of tourists each year; tourists come to see the unusual animals and plants and observe how the ecosystem has managed to survive. The Nyika National Park has guided tours that take you on a walking safari through the bush. You can stay at a lodge or travel on a motor boat to reach the lake. You can then use the water and a dip in the lake itself. There are boats available for rental if you prefer to go on a guided tour.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Malawi are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

Malawi has a hot summer rainfall season from November to April so the best time to visit is during the drier winter months - early May to late October. Winter gets chilly high up on the northern Nyika Plateau but down on the shore of Lake Malawi you can expect warm, sunny and dry days.

Do I need a Visa?

You need a visa to enter Malawi as a visitor. If you can't get a visa before travel, you can get a visa on arrival at any port of entry.

See which forms you may need for entry into Malawi.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Malawi is the Malawian Kwacha (MWK). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Malawi you can grab amazing Malawian Kwacha deals via (GBP to MWK).

What about the wildlife?

Elephants, hippos, antelope species and bird life. Kasungu National Park is also home to elephants, as is Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, where you'll also meet several antelope species, buffaloes and if you're lucky, leopards.

What is the traditional food?

Afrikaans food? Nsima is the staple carbohydrate dish of Malawi. It is a thick starchy porridge made from corn, cassava or other starchy flour.

What Languages are spoken?

Apart from the two, other languages spoken in Malawi are Chinyanja Yao, Chiyao, Tonga, Chitumbuka, Nkhonde, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Lambya, Nyiha, Ndali, Kacchi, Kokola, Zulu, and Afrikaans. English as the official languages is used by many as a second language. You can learn some basic Afrikaans before you travel to Malawi and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Malawi is the Malawian Kwacha (It is common to tip in cash, with the preferred currency in Malawi being US dollars, South African rand, or even euros or GB pounds, as these can easily be exchanged.).

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 997
  • Ambulance: 998
  • Fire: 999
  • UK Embassy: +265 1 772 400

Time Difference

The GMT time difference is 2 hours

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